Inside Story by Dara Marks is a book that can help you to write stories with real emotional depth and impact. It’s aimed at screenwriters but the advice can be applied to any story of any length. The transformational arc refers to how your characters change over the course of a story. But it’s not… Continue reading Review: Inside Story – The Power of the Transformational Arc
American Gods by Neil Gaiman is a multi-award winning fantasy novel that mashes up ancient and modern mythology and mixes it with mystery and some gruesome horror. I read the author’s preferred text, which expands on the original, and found it disturbing, funny, thought provoking, and hugely enjoyable. I’m going to dig into the book… Continue reading Fantasy Reading List: American Gods
More Than This is a mind-blowing YA science fiction novel by Patrick Ness that’s so good it’s hard to believe. This is one of my all-time favourite books and just thinking about it makes me want to read it again. “Whatever happened to you down there, whatever the world looks like now, that’s not how… Continue reading Fantasy Reading List: More Than This
This year I’m on a quest to read more Fantasy books. The reason? I wrote a Fantasy novel by accident (it happens 😉 ), and now I need to familiarise myself with the genre. Normally I don’t focus on particular genres and just read books that appeal to me based on story or interesting characters.… Continue reading Fantasy Reading List
I wrote a Fantasy novel by accident. That’s not an easy accident to have; not like tripping over your own feet or walking into a glass door. It’s not that I was trying to write something else and it turned into Fantasy. I wasn’t aiming for any genre in particular – I just wrote the… Continue reading Fantasy Fiction: a genre distinction too far
Ideas for novels often spring from unexpected places. The seed that became the sprout that grew into my latest novel arrived in the form of a disappointingly bad writing exercise. The exercise itself wasn’t the problem. You just had to take the opening line of a novel and then continue to write for half an… Continue reading How a bad writing exercise seeded The Shining Ones
In this fascinating interview, Philip Pullman talks about His Dark Materials and some of the ideas in the books, including: loss of innocence, religion, William Blake, the oral tradition and why fairy tales differ from novels, plus a little dig at CS Lewis and Tolkien. Recorded at the Durham Book Festival in October this year.… Continue reading His Dark Materials: interview with Philip Pullman
Visionary Fiction became a recognised fiction genre around the turn of the millennium, but stories using visionary elements have always existed. In fact, Visionary Fiction (VF) might be the oldest genre of storytelling. I first heard of VF when I was trying to decide which genre my debut novel fell into. Addled: Adventures of a… Continue reading Visionary Fiction: stories for growing minds
Addled: Adventures of a Reluctant Mystic is a novel about spiritual awakening in a crazy world, and how the crisis of spiritual emergency can become an awakening. The story follows reluctant mystic Zoe Popper on her quest for inner peace and self-knowledge. Addled explores the line between mysticism and madness using the philosophy of Zen… Continue reading Addled Now Out in Paperback!
At the heart of every successful novel are good characters. And by ‘good’ I don’t mean a character who never does anything bad, is kind to small animals and children, and never swears. Well written characters bring a story to life and give the reader someone to care about, root for, or even love to… Continue reading How to Write Characters
The hardest part of writing a novel is the opening. As attention spans shrink and a million distractions pull at our minds, it’s harder than ever to get people to sit still long enough to read to the end of the first page, let alone the first paragraph. An average novel is between 80,000 to… Continue reading How to Write Opening Lines
If you’re looking for an inspiring novel about spiritual awakening and Zen, then look no further: Addled is the book for you. But don’t take my word for it! A fresh review has just landed on Amazon from Reuben:
“Addled is an absolutely great read, a story written with a great sense of pace and wit which just fizzes along. Zoe Popper, the main character, is a fascinating creation. Her adventures in the esoteric world of Zen and other forms of spirituality are so cleverly told. I find l have come to understand quite a lot about mindfulness without realizing that was happening!
Zoe is a tough-minded, down to earth young woman struggling to make sense of the emotional turmoil that threatens to overwhelm her. Following her as she sets out to find an explanation to her problems and perhaps a solution, her relationship with her musician boyfriend and the truth behind a mysterious guru – is he for real or a figment of her troubled imagination? – all make for an un-put-down-able story. Buy it now. You will be hugely entertained and you might even learn something really interesting about how the human mind works.”
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